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Venue Spotlight: Wente Vineyards

As the oldest wine region in California, Livermore is home to vineyards, ranches, and farmlands, offering a large selection of stunning venues. So if you’re searching for a magical event space to host your wedding, we have the perfect property. This venue spotlight highlights Wente Vineyards, a picturesque location among the hills.

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Photography: OneLove Photography

Wente Vineyards offers several charming spaces, including:

  • Cresta Blanca Room: With 15 ft ceilings built from old wine barrels, this space provides a romantic ambiance for a dreamy country wedding.
  • Terrace Lawn: This outdoor space is nestled between the Spanish-style event center and rolling hills. It also accommodates up to 400 guests.
  • Vineyard Lawn: Providing views of the gorgeous sandstone hills surrounded by vineyards, this area comes complete with olive trees and market lights, creating a magical atmosphere for couples and their guests.

Engaged couples also have access to a getting-ready suite to prepare on location.

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Photography Credit: OneLove Photography

In addition to the breathtaking space, Wente Vineyards also offers the following:

  • 30 round tables 
  • Six 8-ft tables
  • On-site coordinator for check-in, vendors, and safety
  • Catering vendors
  • Wine from Wente Vineyards
  • Six wine barrels
  • A string of lights over the lawn space

Would you like to see Wente Vineyards in person? Call (925) 456-2450 to schedule a tour and explore this beautiful site yourself.

Address: 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550    

Phone: 925-931-0200    

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6 Wedding Traditions Couples are Skipping in 2023

Like the seasons, trends move swiftly, and the wedding industry is no stranger to change. While weddings are known for traditions, many couples are switching things up and bringing their unique flavor to the mix. If you’re not a fan of the wedding march, don’t worry! You’re not alone. There are plenty of ways to customize your wedding to reflect you and your partner. So, wondering what to keep or change? Here are six wedding traditions couples are skipping in 2023.

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Playing hot potato with the bouquet 

We’ve seen a bouquet toss in every romantic comedy we’ve ever watched. However, this tradition is losing traction. Nowadays, couples want to preserve their flowers by planting them in a garden or drying them for a display. Some also believe this trend is too cheesy for their liking, while others feel it’s a bit sexist for their taste. So enjoy your flowers, and if throwing the bouquet is a tradition you can’t picture your day without, go for it!

Requiring best man or maid of honor speeches 

Did someone say public speaking? Count us out! There’s nothing simple about speaking in front of a crowd, especially when achieving the perfect balance of wittiness and charm is expected. Now that some couples aim for more intimate celebrations, there’s no time for multiple toasts. 

Retiring this tradition is undoubtedly a relief for future best men and maids of honor with social anxiety. So, if you’re not a fan of this to-do, scratch it from your timeline and focus on dancing the night away. 

Capturing family photos    

It’s no secret that tensions run high in some families. As a result, keeping clashing family members separate during a photoshoot is tough. That’s why many couples would much rather skip family photos altogether. Instead, you can capture candid moments with a photographer and rent a photo booth as a fun addition to your reception.   

Being given away

While walking down the aisle with a parental figure seems sweet, some modern couples point out that it can feel objectifying to be given away to someone else. No one should feel like a package en route to someone’s home. Alternatively, you can stride down the aisle by yourself or walk hand-in-hand with your partner. Of course, making your way to the altar with a parent or guardian can be an empowering experience if you always imagined it. Just do what feels good to you!

Appointing separate sides at your ceremony

Why designate separate sides when you can give your guests free rein? The latest trend allows friends and family to sit wherever they like. This seating approach is ideal for couples with similar friends who want to avoid awkward conversations about why someone sits in a certain spot. Skip the drama and instead let people find their own seats.

Sticking with old-school playlists 

Remember what we said about the wedding march? It’s okay to switch out traditional songs for ones that better represent your relationship. While the wedding march is a triumphant and classic tune, it’s not for everyone. 

More couples are opting for unique songs throughout their ceremony. So whether you play an Ed Sheeran ballad or an upbeat instrumental, it’s much more fun to customize a playlist that fits your taste.

When it comes to weddings, trends are constantly changing, and new traditions are blossoming. So go traditional or unique, but whatever you do, make sure your wedding is the perfect representation of who you are as a couple!

How to Level Up Your Event Photo Booth Experience

How to Level Up Your Event Photo Booth Experience

Your wedding is a day you’ll remember forever. While you may have a photographer to capture each intimate moment, you can also leave a memorable impression on your guests by renting a photo booth. This entertaining addition will bring out the best in your guests and ensure everyone has fun throughout the night. You can also get creative with personal touches to enhance the experience. If you want to bring a unique twist to your photo booth, here are some ideas to take yours to the next level. 

How to Level Up Your Event Photo Booth Experience

Go big with props

No photo booth experience is complete without props. Silly faces, masks, hats, wigs, and signs are all fun ways for guests to let loose and express themselves. Props bring out a playfulness that balances the elegance of the celebration. So throw on those bright wigs and get ready to make some memories!

Many photo booths, like ones from Fantasy Sound, offer plenty of props, but you may consider DIYing or bringing your own, especially if you have a vision in mind that fits your wedding theme. For instance, if you’re going rustic, you can get some western hats and bandanas. Or, if you prefer the eclectic vibe, flower crowns are also a crowd favorite. 

Customize your backdrops

Don’t want a blank canvas for your background? Go for a custom backdrop to personalize your wedding photo booth experience. You can have a monogram of your names, hashtags, wedding date, and splashes of your color palette. If you’re leaning into the latest trends, we recommend a live backdrop with greenery to bring the wow factor. Another fun idea is a floral backdrop that interweaves your colors for a stunning touch. 

Get crafty with the guest book 

Turn your photo booth into a wedding keepsake by having guests place their photos inside an album. In addition, you can provide markers and stickers for them to write their names and personalize a message. This photo booth idea is a unique way to bring out the artist in your family and friends. 

Also, remind them to print out two copies so they have something special to take home. 

Light it up 

If you’re searching for an element that breathes magic into your pictures, focus on the lighting. A string of lights provides a warm and cozy ambiance perfect for capturing sweet moments. Plus, it’s a simple way to bring your fairytale to life with minimal effort. Add a string of lights for an extra spark in your photos, or better yet, use our Market Light Backdrop to give the illusion of twinkling stars.

Photo booths automatically transform an event. But adding elements like props and lights can make the photo booth experience even more enjoyable. So whether you go for a simple backdrop or bring out all the stops with props, you and your guests will remember the night for years to come.  

Are you ready to elevate your event and photo booth? Then, RSVP to the next Event Services Showcase on 11/16 to meet our team and learn how we can service your special day! 

Tylar Delegeane Photography

Tylar Delegeane, Tylar Delegeane Photography {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Nothing beats getting to sit down and talk to our fellow creatives, especially people like Tylar that truly enjoy making every couple’s wedding dreams come true! We love seeing the artistic way Tylar captures all of those special moments of a wedding day — and after talking to her, it’s clear that her craft is inspired by her passion for weddings!

Tylar Delegeane Photography

Here’s a bit about Tylar Delegeane Photography and the woman behind the lens:

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

Originally I wanted to be a sports photographer! During my college years, I worked for a local photography studio that specialized in weddings and the rest is history! I fell in love with weddings and I’ve been wanting capture love stories ever since.

What do you love about your job?

I love all aspects of a wedding day – the details, the beautiful dresses, the gorgeous cakes but I love the emotions the most. A bride’s first look with her dad, a mother and son’s dance together, the bride and groom walking into their reception seeing all of their loved ones clapping for them – it’s all so special and I still can’t believe that I get to be the one to capture these stories. It’s so special and humbling!

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

One of my biggest tips is to ENJOY the planning process! It’s a lot to take in with all of the different vendors you have to meet, planning meetings to attend and seating charts to make but it goes by so quickly. Pick a certain day of the week to do one new task on your list or enjoy a tasting (or a glass of wine)! This is a once in a lifetime moment!

If you enjoyed reading about Tylar and her passions, make sure to follow her on Instagram!

Bridges Country Club

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bridges Golf Club

We’re back with another venue spotlight in the beautiful Tri-Valley! We are so lucky to be surrounded by such stunning venues, so the fun part is picking out the perfect one for your celebration. Today, we’re featuring Bridges Golf Club!

Bridges Golf Club has a variety of beautiful spaces to offer:

  • The Fireside Room: An intimate space with elegant decor
  • The Clubhouse: This space seats up to 120 and harnesses a very romantic vibe
  • The Garden Pavilion: The most spacious and dramatically elegant room of them all. With the fairway views and ample room, this is a crowd favorite

Couples also get access to a spacious getting-ready suite to kick the day off on the right foot!

Along with the event spaces, Bridges Golf Club also offers:

  • Floor-length white or ivory linens, dining tables, china, flatware, and glassware
  • A limo golf cart with driver
  • White ceremony chairs and beverage station for the ceremony
  • Onsite ceremony coordinator and one-hour rehearsal 

Are you ready to check this event space out for yourself? Our friend, Sandy Tijero, will be happy to get you on the books! Schedule a site tour at Bridges Golf Course by emailing stijero@thebridgesgolf.com or calling (925) 735-4253 x3.

Address – 9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd. San Ramon, CA 94582

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Photo of the Month: Elegant Sweetheart Table

An elegant sweetheart table of your dreams: White roses, greenery, and our iconic rustic Edison beam chandelier. With a satin backdrop to make all the details of your big day pop, you’re bound to achieve the look of your dreams! The rustic aesthetic from the chandelier and a pop of industrial with the edison bulbs ties this space together perfectly

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Our rustic Edison beam chandelier fits every style — dress it up with florals and greenery (as seen here!), drapery swag, or leave it bare for a simple, classy look. Add some candles to the scene for the icing on the cake! 

Cheers to Ashley Maxwell Photography for capturing every inch of the beauty!

Real Winery Wedding

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Wedding | Thuy and Keheim

It’s always a beautiful day to celebrate a wonderful couple! Today, we’re featuring Thuy and Keheim and their elegant wedding day at Casa Real at Ruby Hill. 

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I mean, look at these sweet lovebirds! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate them? A wedding to remember is absolutely an understatement. 

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Fun-filled and ready to party, they celebrated the couple in the classiest way; this wedding party came to have a blast!

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California Real Wedding

Every detail of Thuy and Keheim’s big day exuded beauty, grace and class.

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Casa Real Events

From tasteful Edison bulbs to luxurious round chandeliers, we lit up the night at Casa Real for Thuy and Keheim!

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Thuy and Keheim’s wedding was night to remember for everyone involved! 

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

And a huge thanks to everyone who made this beautiful day possible:

Photography: Studio Dizon | @studiodizon

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | @casarealevents

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Delford West Flowers

Karl R Eckel, Delford West Flowers {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Floral arrangements can make an event space come to life with the right florist. Lucky for you, we got to interview the very talented owner of Delford West Flowers, Karl R. Eckel!

He’s got an extraordinary eye for design, but we’ll let him tell you more about himself!

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I was brought into the event industry on a recommendation from my uncle, a friend needed a part time driver for a flower shop. It was during high school and I was in the work study program and was able to attain credits with a part time job. After working there for two years, I wanted to own my own business and decided on a flower shop.

What do you love about your job?

I love my job because it is always changing and evolving, from the business aspect as well as the clients. I knew that I was not a person to work in an office with set hours. Even though we sell wedding flowers, I feel we are helping people fulfill the dreams of their perfect wedding, no matter how big or small.

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

The best tip I can give to engaged couples is to have the wedding they want; the only people they should please are themselves.

Who doesn’t want the best of the best bringing their space to life?! If you’re looking for a fantastic florist in Livermore, Delford West Flowers can hook you up. Check out their floral eye candy at @delfordwestflowers while you’re at it!

 

Vendor Credits –

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard
Wedding Coordinator: Ybarra Events
Videographer: Toast Wedding Films
Florist: Delford West Flowers
DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions
Hair & Makeup Artist: Styles By Ann
Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal Boutique
Tux: Generation Tux
Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services

Wedding Planning Roundup: Helpful Resources

One of the most overwhelming parts of wedding planning are the many opinions people have about how your big day goes down. Considering this is your wedding day, you should get to plan it exactly the way you want it! 

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Photography Credit: Ashely Maxwell Photography

Lucky for you, we rounded up a few helpful resources to help with your planning! The more you know, the easier it is to make educated decisions. Without further ado, let’s get this party started. 

Wedding Floral Trends You Need For Your Wedding Day (Glamour & Grace)

If you have an idea of what blooms you want, but don’t know the right words or have the right trends on hand to make the call? This is the blog for you.

Advice Our Favorite Wedding Pros Share With Their Just-Engaged Besties (Love Inc.)

Ready to handle all the opinions, thoughts, and advice every Facebook friend has to share with you? No? Well, that’s understandable. No one is ever prepared for that! Get advice from the pros for how to handle it best!

Communicating Effectively With Your Partner During The Planning Process (Popped!)

Stressful times can easily strain communication with your partner. Let’s avoid all that madness!

Hacks To Stay Organized When Planning A Wedding (Pretty Pear Bride)

The little details can pile up really fast and no one needs their head spinning like a top. Stay organized from the get-go and keep your sanity too!

Copycat Friends: How To Deal With Stolen Wedding Ideas (So This Is Love)

You pour your heart and soul into planning the details of your big day just to watch someone copy your ideas and paste them on their wedding date? Ouch. Find out how to get over that together. 

It’s time to soak in every wedding planning moment with a smile. That’s the least anyone could ask for, right?

Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

Venue Spotlight: Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery

Livermore, California has a multitude of beautiful wedding venues that scale the stunning countryside. Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery is one of these venues, offering breathtaking views of their vineyards. 

There are a number of event spaces available for booking that include:

  • Lush lawn with rustic wooden gazebo – perfect for ceremonies!
  • Garden Courtyard with lights and a shaded arbor
  • Barrel Room filled with rustic vineyard vibes

When you celebrate your wedding at Crooked Vine & Stony Ridge Winery, it comes with a few bonuses:

  • An on-site event manager to help you plan your day
  • Use of their newly remodeled bridal suite with private bathroom, dressing area, floor-length mirrors, vanities, and comfortable seating to relax before your event
  • Complimentary one-hour rehearsal time block
  • White padded chairs and a variety of table sizes for your ceremony and reception
  • Glassware included with the beverage package
  • Set-up service and tear down 
  • Nine hours of onsite time for setup, celebration, and cleanup

Crooked Vine Winery is available for weddings, private parties, and corporate events seven days a week. If you are ready to take a tour, call the number below to get on the books!

Address – 5625 Greenville Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

Phone Number – (925) 449-0458

Looking Ahead at 2022 Wedding Trends

It’s here, it’s here! The New Year is here and, with it, we’re welcoming a whole slate of 2022 wedding trends fresh for the picking. For our fellow industry pros, you’re well aware that we’re in for a busy year. And for the engaged couples out there, you’re probably in the thick of wedding planning for your 2022 or 2023 wedding.

It’s true — as an industry, we’re still catching up from the countless postponements from the pandemic. Social distancing and restrictions on traveling and mass gatherings had put a damper on many wedding plans. However, with new knowledge about how to mitigate risk and manage COVID-19, weddings are back in full swing again!

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Let’s dive into the 2022 wedding trends to know this year…

If you are getting married, involved in planning your friend’s wedding, or simply curious about what’s on the horizon for weddings in 2022, we’ve got you covered. We’re giving you a lowdown on the hottest 2022 wedding trends that will dominate the scene this year and beyond.

Luxury meets comfort

This year, expect many engaged couples to keep the celebration to pared-down perfection! While classic black-tie weddings are definitely here to stay, events will be slightly less formal. Weddings in 2022 will exude a casual, elegant vibe and have a more inviting atmosphere. Think cocktail-style parties with posh food trucks in the vicinity, and the like.  

Multiple-day celebrations

As we return to in-person gatherings, it comes as no surprise that engaged couples are putting extra effort into ensuring they create wonderful memories with loved ones at their wedding. As a result, many are planning multi-day experiences to make the most of their celebrations. This gives them more time to mingle and catch up with all of their favorite people outside of the event proper. It also allows them to space out meetings with guests and avoid mass gatherings with too many people.

Domestic destination weddings

Travel continues to be tricky as many countries have adopted stringent requirements for entry and tourism. Thus, you can expect more and more couples to explore beautiful, otherworldly destinations within the country for their celebrations. Not only is it more cost-effective, but it’s also more accessible for guests who are apprehensive of air travel. And this way, everyone can still enjoy some well-deserved respite from daily life without the hassle of international travel.  

Weekday nuptials

Weekday weddings have been on the rise in recent years, and they will continue to be prevalent in the coming year due to increased demand. As restrictions loosen up, more and more vendors and venues have found themselves fully booked for weekends through 2022, and even into 2023. Weekday weddings are a great way to avoid traffic or crowds that often swell during the weekends. Not to mention, many couples are impatient to finally tie the knot and a weekday celebration can make it happen!

Countryside vibe

In need of a wedding theme idea? Many couples are finding inspiration from the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton. Expect trailing wisteria, Georgian wedding venues, personalized wax seals, and regency blue color palettes to abound in the wedding scene this coming year. And it comes as no surprise as, after over a year of lockdowns, couples are craving refreshing, outdoorsy weddings.

Technology-infused weddings

Livestreaming, online RSVPs, and QR codes that direct guests to the wedding website: These are just a few of the ways technology is incorporated into this year’s weddings. While quarantine restrictions are loosening in most states, travel may still not be possible or safe for everyone you want at your wedding, whether for health or other reasons. In 2022, couples are embracing technology to bridge the gaps!

These six trends are transforming the industry and the way we plan weddings, so keep an open mind as you embark on the next chapter of your journey to the aisle. Whether you’re nearly there or you’re just starting out, consider how these trends can influence your big day for the better!

Curious to know more about design and experiential trends to make your wedding day unforgettable? We’ve got you covered. Reach out and let us show you how our lighting & entertainment services can provide you with the modern, on-trend celebration of your dreams.

Selecting a Wedding Date: Pros + Cons of Each Season

Welcome to your wedding planning journey! The first box you need to check off is to choose your ideal wedding date. With that, you’ll be free to book your venue, photographer, and other important vendors and create a plan to ensure everything falls in the right place at the right time. Plus, the season of your wedding will influence your theme and color palette! Not to mention, this important date will stick with you for the rest of your life (hello, anniversary!).

Needless to say, your wedding date determines everything from the food you serve to the type of lighting design you use. Yet, every season offers its own set of pros and cons, so it’s important to put some thought behind your choice. 

With all the beauty and uniqueness each season offers, let’s weigh out your options.  

SPRING: March, April, and May

Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!” — we couldn’t agree more! Flowers are blossoming, birds are singing, and it feels like everything is waking up from hibernation.

Spring is a wonderful season to get married and, naturally, one that is highly coveted. After all, nothing beats the natural beauty spring offers! From fragrant cherry blossoms to delicate peonies, the soft colors of spring will make your wedding feel like the enchanted love story fairytales are made of. Picture being surrounded by pastel colors mixed with earth tones and all the florals you can imagine. #LOVE!

Logistics-wise, spring is a great time to celebrate your wedding as most people are in town. The holidays are in the rearview mirror, but summer is still to come — your wedding day will be a day your guests eagerly await! Since many people aren’t traveling, expect those RSVPs to come in left and right.

Keep in mind, though: Spring can be unpredictable when it comes to weather. In some parts of the country, it’s not unlikely to see snow in April or a sunny 80-degree day in March. Plus, you know what they say about April showers! And, of course, spring is allergy season which can present challenges for some if planning at an outdoor venue. 

SUMMER: June, July, August

Ah, summer. Longer days mean more time to party! Whether you choose to have your wedding at the beach or an outdoor garden space, there is no need to rush. The sun will hold it down for you late into the day!

The food menu tends to be more fun in the summer, too! Get creative with cheeses, fruits, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. Imagine roasting some ‘mallows at a bonfire as the perfect nightcap to your big day with your loved ones!

Into vibrant colors like coral or fuchsia? Go crazy with it! Summer weddings can accommodate any vision, and rest assured, you’ll have the flowers that you are looking for as well. That summer Pinterest wedding board can become your reality!

Now, keep in mind that most event pros book up quickly for the summer, so you will need to get the ball rolling early to ensure you have ample time to get your first choice vendors. (Also, don’t expect any wiggle room in pricing!) Summer is also the busiest season for travel — so don’t expect a 100% RSVP rate as your friends and family may already have vacations planned. Again, starting your planning journey early will help to give people enough time to plan in advance.

And let’s not forget about the heat! Consider the time of the day everything is taking place, especially if your wedding will be outdoors. The heat can be distracting and even dangerous, so be mindful of your guests’ comfort as well as your own!

FALL: September, October, November

Fall is a great time to say “I do” with a beautiful natural backdrop and favorable weather. If you are dreaming of the perfect rustic wedding, or love moody hues of deep purples, reds, and bronze, fall is for you. Want weather dependability? You guessed it; fall is perfect! 

One big autumn perk is that vendors tend to be more available! Plus, as the industry heads into the off-season in most areas, rates may start to lower. Sticking to your budget is vital, and a fall wedding could potentially add a bit more spare change to your pocket. Maybe you can book a videographer after all!

Like all good things, fall presents a few challenges of its own. For one, it’s possible that your guests are tight on funds after a summer of vacations and the holiday season just around the corner. It’s possible your headcount isn’t as long as you hope.

Plus, consider that you will lose extra daylight as it gets later in the season. Though an evening fall can be cozy, you might have to adjust your photo schedule and accept that certain pictures may not be feasible. But, hey, you get pictures with all of that gorgeous foliage, so that’s a win in our book!

WINTER: December, January, February

Dreaming of a white Christmas doesn’t come close to the magical feeling of a beautiful winter wonderland wedding. The rich dark reds, blues, and silvers will make your wedding gleam with elegance!

Not to mention, a Winter wedding with fresh snow makes for lovely pictures. No snow? No problem! A photo by the fireplace wrapped in a blanket with your beloved captures the intimacy and eloquence of your big day. A winter wedding is all about getting creative and leaning into the seasonal beauty!

Another winter wedding perk? The dessert bar! Bring on the mulled cider and hot cocoa bar; lay out all the comfort snacks and drinks. Turn the cozy comfort level up to the max!

Keep in mind, though, winter weddings don’t come without the risk of a weather postponement. A sprinkle of snow is usually welcomed, but nobody wants to see feet of snow on their wedding day! 

Another challenge to consider: You might have to compete with the holidays. Your guests might be using their time off to visit relatives, or their budget might be tight. Plan accordingly and give your guests grace if they choose to decline your big day.

The big takeaway here is that, no matter the season you choose, you can have the perfect wedding day of your dreams! Each season offers a unique vibe, but they also come with their own challenges. Be sure to weigh them out before making your final decision. Once you choose, lean into your season and have fun with all the possibilities! 

What Has Glen Riggs of Fantasy Sound Been Doing in Quarantine?

This is a part of our Creative Partner Spotlight: Quarantine Edition series, where we show you what our creative partners from all around the Bay Area have been up to during quarantine. Today, we’re checking in with our very own Glen Riggs! 

Glen has been with us at Fantasy Sound since 2017 and has quickly become one of our most popular DJs. His generous spirit, energetic attitude, and infectious smile make him a natural entertainer and an absolute joy to work with. He is currently self-quarantining here in Livermore with his husband Keith and their son Bryan. Let’s see what he’s been up to!

What has been your favorite part about quarantine? Haven’t put many miles on my cars at all!

What has been your least favorite part about quarantine? I’m a hugger, so I’ve really been missing that physical connection 🙁

How have you been spending your time? Working my day job and playing the role of Crisis Homeschool Teacher.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order take out from? Best Donuts!!!

What have you been binge watching? So cliche…Tiger King

Have you celebrated a birthday or event during quarantine? How did you do it?Yes! My friends and family celebrated me with a drive by, tagging my yard, food and socially distance love!

Have you learned any new skills during quarantine? None at all and that is ok!!!

What are you looking forward to most when all of this is over? A giant Wedding party!!!

Thanks for sharing your quarantine activities with us, Glen!

Photo of the Week

Did you know that our Statue LOVE Letters also come in white?! We were so excited to unveil them at Romance in the Vineyards and we hope you love them as much as we do!

Photo of the Week

We absolutely LOVE this photo from Mia and Jovo’s May wedding at Casa Real! Their wedding party performed a traditional dance for them and you can just tell that everyone is having an absolute blast. Thanks so much to Rhee Bevere for capturing the whole day, but especially this magical moment!

Photo of the Week

We just received the official photos from last year’s Casa Amore and we could not wait to share them with you! We thought we’d start off with this shot captured by Rhee Bevere Photography, featuring our Statue LOVE Letters, Drapery, Wooden Arbor, and Geometric Chandeliers! They all pair beautifully with the stunning lounge from Pleasanton Rentals and the Delford West florals and greenery really tie everything together. This was one of our favorite vignettes from Casa Amore and we hope you loved it too!

Photo of the Week

You can’t go wrong with a fun Photo Booth shot! Looks like these ladies were having a ton of fun at one of our recent weddings!

Shaun and Rachel Get Married in a Beautiful Celebration!

It’s always a good when we get to highlight one of our happy couples! Today, we remember Shaun and Rachel’s sweet and romantic celebration. Enjoy some sneak peek photos below!

Congratulations again to Shaun and Rachel! We wish you all the happiness in the world.

Thanks to Jeff Hall Photography for providing these beautiful images.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Photo of the Week

Did you know Geometric Chandeliers are now gold?! We are absolutely obsessed with their transformation and they certainly pop amidst all the greenery.

Photo of the Week

We absolutely adore this photo of Alice and Joe that was captured by Junshien Photography! We had a ton of fun working with them to discover a way to bring the starry night sky indoors!

Meet Krista Strader

This is a part of our Creative Collaboration series, where we introduce you to our creative partners from all around the Bay Area. Today, we’re introducing you to Krista Strader from Harpist Krista Strader

Krista is a classically trained professional harpist with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in harp music for weddings and upscale events throughout the Bay Area. Her repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary.

We asked Krista to tell us about what inspired her to pursue a career in weddings and how she got started in the industry.

I first started doing weddings in Southern California when I graduated from college with my music degree in harp performance. I had a few years of experience performing for weddings and special events by the time Disney FairyTale Weddings reached out to me. They asked if I’d like to be the main harpist for their wedding department and special events throughout the parks and resorts. I learned a lot about weddings and customer service when I worked with Disney and loved every minute of it. Now a Bay Area resident, I enjoy working with couples to customize their music to fit the vibe they are looking for. I’ve had clients that request everything from Zelda Video themes to Game of Thrones to popular hits/Top 40 that are currently trending. I’m always happy to play the classical standards as well.

Krista also shared what her favorite part about being in weddings is.

I love being directly involved with my couples regarding the music selections, to see how thrilled they are when they hear their favorite songs on the harp. I often have brides (and mothers-of-the-brides!) reaching for the tissues as they imagine themselves walking down the aisle to the harp music as I play them samples.

Krista is also sharing the one piece of advice she likes to give couples planning their wedding.

Plan ahead as much as possible, but don’t get hung up on the details or any last minute emergencies the day of the wedding, let your coordinator and vendors do the work now.. just let go and enjoy it!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Photo of the Week

We absolutely ADORE this photo of Erin and Scott during their first dance! They had such a fun decor set up for their sweetheart table that helped serve as a wonderful backdrop for this dance. Thank you to Jessica Miriam Photo for this image!

Photo of the Week

We absolutely love this shot of our new Geometric Chandeliers from Romance in the Vineyards at the Palm Event Center! They are such a unique addition to our inventory and we can’t get enough!

Press: Special Events and Catersource

Kevin was thrilled to see his latest guest articles on both Special Events and Catersource recently! He covered two of his favorite topics- top tech apps and event lighting with spotlights. Check out both articles below.

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See the full feature here.

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See the full feature here.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fantasy Sound!

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy the delicious food, warm drinks and Fall weather.

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Press: Timeline Genius

With the end of 2016 just around the corner, we are taking a look at what trends were popular over the last year and what we are excited to see in 2017. Kevin had the chance to share some of those trends on Timeline Genius recently- check it out here!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.